Oxford university opts for invisible automatic access

The purpose-built Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, recently opened its TORMAX automated swing doors to teachers, students and academics, welcoming them into a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, seminar and meeting rooms as well as a café and informal seating areas.

Crafted by Birmingham Veneers Ltd, the two impressive wooden and glass entrance doors are automated using two TORMAX iMotion 1401 operators concealed in sealed casings underneath the floor. Ensuring longevity and reliability, even in such a busy location, the iMotion motors, which are uniquely designed with no abrading parts to cause friction wear, dramatically minimises maintenance, allowing them to be neatly located out of sight.

The Blavatnik School of Government is a global school pursuing a vision of better government, stronger societies, and richer human opportunities across the world. Bringing all members together for the first time in three years, the new building has been designed to maximise energy efficiency and sustainability by combining modern control systems with ground-breaking technology.

Contributing to low environmental impact, two sets of TORMAX powered automatic twin-leaf swing doors create a functional entrance lobby area. Effectively minimising heat-loss from the building, powerful high torque synchronous motors combine with user-friendly keypad controls that allows staff to adjust hold open times and open/closing speeds of the door leaves in response to changes in the weather as well as pedestrian foot traffic volume. iMotion door drives are also manufactured from 96% recyclable products and require only low-energy operation, making them a truly sustainable option.

“The iMotion 1401 operator has been consistently in demand for either buildings of historic value where a concealed motor is desired,” comments Simon Roberts, MD for TORMAX, “or for any location where the aesthetics of the building are of primary importance.” The underfloor operators at the Blavatnik Building allows the doors to swing silently open without any need external linkage, maintaining a sleek and contemporary entrance system that reflects the high quality of the overall design.

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